Q pride: MARDI GRAS TURNS FORTY

SYD­NEY GAY AND LES­BIAN MARDI GRAS PRO­GRAM CEL­E­BRATES 40 YEARS OF EVO­LU­TION FULL FESTIVAL PRO­GRAM RE­LEASED

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2018 marks the his­toric 40th an­niver­sary of the Syd­ney Gay and Les­bian Mardi Gras. To cel­e­brate this mile­stone, the Festival pro­gram is big­ger, bet­ter and more fab­u­lous than ever as it re­flects on four decades of amaz­ing evo­lu­tion, mo­men­tous achieve­ments and ex­tra­or­di­nary in­di­vid­u­als.

The Syd­ney Gay and Les­bian Mardi Gras Festival kicks off on Fri­day 16 Fe­bru­ary 2018 with sev­en­teen sparkling days, jam-packed with par­ties, per­for­mance, ex­hi­bi­tions, fam­ily and com­mu­nity events that cul­mi­nate with the iconic Syd­ney Gay and Les­bian Mardi Gras Pa­rade on Satur­day 3 March 2018.

In this spe­cial an­niver­sary year, the 2018 Festival fo­cuses on the theme ‘40 YEARS OF EVO­LU­TION'. 40 years on from the orig­i­nal 1978 street Festival turned protest, the pro­gram and pa­rade have been care­fully cu­rated to re­flect and cel­e­brate four decades of love, protest, di­ver­sity, ac­cep­tance, ac­tivism, pride, fam­ily, pas­sion, creativ­ity, drama and satire.

Mardi Gras Arts CEO, Terese Casu an­nounced “This Festival we cel­e­brate all the amaz­ing ac­tivists and lead­ers, in­clud­ing our 78ers, who have fought tire­lessly for our rights over the last four decades. We also in­vite and wel­come new friends to join the fes­tiv­i­ties to cel­e­brate 40 years of fab­u­lous­ness. Mardi Gras is for every­one and this year you will see new spa­ces and events for more of our com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies to en­joy and share – from our Mu­seum of Love & Protest ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional Art School Gallery, the in­au­gu­ral SISSY BALL at Car­riage­works to our fab­u­lous Fam­ily Fun Day at Luna Park and an ex­cit­ing per­form­ing arts pro­gram at the Sey­mour Centre”.

Com­ment­ing on Mardi Gras' cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance, Syd­ney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore stated “This is a ma­jor mile­stone in the his­tory of one of Syd­ney’s most im­por­tant events, one that rep­re­sents our city at its best – di­verse, open, cre­ative and ir­rev­er­ent. From the first march in 1978 to be­ing one of the world’s great LGBTIQ fes­ti­vals, the his­tory of Mardi Gras is the his­tory of the com­mu­nity’s long path to equal­ity. We are proud to be a long term sup­porter of Mardi Gras and of the great wel­come Syd­ney gives to vis­i­tors from all over the world.”

Tick­ets for this su­perbly cu­rated pro­gram, burst­ing with bravado, cabaret, pas­sion and per­son­al­ity are on sale now at www.mardi­gras. org.au.

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